2010 Graduating M.A. Student Accomplishments.

The Department of Communication is proud to announce a number of noteworthy accomplishments by our students who completed their M.A. degrees in 2010.

Erin Brummett will be starting her work toward a doctoral degree in the Communication Studies program at the University of Iowa. Erin recently defended her M.A. thesis,” Social network influence on romantic relationship commitment: Do friends and family dictate our love lives.” Erin also recently had her paper, “Social Network Influence: Predicting the Frequency of Disclosure among Parent and Friend Relationships,” featured at a poster session at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association conference.

Stephanie Clarke successfully completed her comprehensive exams this spring. She has returned to Connecticut where she is interviewing for positions. Stephanie presented at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association conference about images of violence on television.

Ed Lafferty is a Public Affairs Specialist with Social security. He completed his thesis: Agenda-setting and the New York Times coverage of domestic violence: A content analysis of domestic violence reported by the New York Times before, during, and after the O. J. Simpson trial.

Jennifer Owlett will be starting her doctoral studies at Purdue University in the Fall. She defended her thesis, Understanding Romantic Jealousy: An Analysis of Both Partners' Perspectives Using an Attribution Framework. She presented a paper at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association conference about satisfaction and commitment among married couples.

Lindsey Oxley is working for Edelman New York in the New York Health Practice as an assistant account executive. She completed her thesis, Parasocial Comparison: The Analysis of a New Social Comparison Target When Looking at Body Satisfaction. She presented at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association conference about media images of occupations on television.
Anthony Porreco is finishing his thesis, Your Family, I Assert You: The Role of Family Communication Patterns in Determining Differences in Assertive Communication.

Shannon Robbins successfully completed her comprehensive exams this past Spring. She is interviewing for university Marketing/Communications positions.

Jennifer Tyrawski has received a research fellowship and will begin the doctoral program in Communication at the Ohio State University. She defended her thesis, What’s up Doc?: An examination of entertainment television's portrayal of medical professionals, patients, and their interactions. She presented at the 2010 Eastern Communication Association conference about media images of medical occupations on television.